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Happiness is your birthright, your natural state. Beneath all the frightening and depressing stories you tell yourself lies a deeper level of intrinsic peace and well-being. Mindfulness teachers insist that if you practice certain meditations daily for months or years you’ll gradually get happier. But there’s a more direct approach—just turn around and recognize the inhere ...more
Kindle Edition, 138 pages
Published September 30th 2014 by Waterfront Digital Press
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Julia
Jun 25, 2017 rated it liked it
I liked the approach of this book. It was very interesting and I think it has a lot to teach. Unfortunately, I still feel like I am at the beginning of my path and hence would recommend this book to someone who has a basic grasp of mindfulness.
Laura
Jul 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: net-galley, self-help
If there's anything you ever wanted to know about the practice of mindfulness, this book has got every single aspect covered! It's laid out in a really well-structured format, with a useful introductory chapter followed by seven main chapters, each consisting of teachings and explanations of that element of mindfulness, guided mediations with bits of dialogue in italics, and exercises in greyed-out text boxes. There are also questions at the end of chapters to consolidate what you have learned a ...more
Aimee
Jun 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read a lot of books on mindfulness and meditation and this is one of the better ones that I have read. It is a fairly short book, for me it gave just the right amount of information. I was never bored while reading this. Bodian does a good job of describing the more direct way he has found to lasting peace. I have been trying mindfulness for a while and still struggle with it. I found this to be an easier approach. I think it is a great book for everyone, but someone who has been working ...more
joyce w. laudon
Those who are interested in, or already integrating some mindfulness into their daily lives, may want to give this title a read. The author is interested in helping people to move past mindfulness, even though he found the practice to be very helpful. He sees this book as a resource for those who are beginning to look for something more. The author has studied both mindfulness and psychology and has pondered these approaches.

Honestly, I found this one a bit difficult to understand and connect wi
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Wendy Haylett
Jan 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice intro to simple awareness versus mindfulness

Stephan Bodian easily connects you to the differences between mindfulness and awareness. The exercises didn't seem as helpful it engaging as the book progressed, which is why 4 not 5 stars. I enjoyed the questions from his students.
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Debra
Oct 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
I found this study on mindfulness very helpful. There were many exercises that were new mindfulness tactics for me. I have tried multiple times to meditate unsuccessfully so I appreciated some new techniques.

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book courtesy of NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
RACHEL
Oct 12, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Bodian has given readers a good look at mindfulness and some of the ways it has been taught and what aspects that others over look. "Beyond Mindfulness" speaks well to the non-duel outlook of which the West needs to learn more.

My copy was a gift through Goodreads First Reads.
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Jul 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Beyond Mindfulness is Beyond Me. Alas.
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Aug 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tough topic to articulate, and This guy nails it.
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Stephan Bodian is the bestselling author of Meditation for Dummies (now in an updated third edition) and Wake Up Now: A Guide to the Journey of Spiritual Awakening. He’s also the author and narrator of the critically acclaimed mobile programs Mindfulness Meditation and Freedom from Stress (produced by Mental Workout) and an internationally recognized expert on meditation, stress management, and sp ...more

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